Several states in the U.S. has put tough drunk driving laws in place for people who get behind the wheel after having one too many alcoholic beverages. Washington state, for example (RCW 46.61.502), makes it illegal for a person to have operated a motor vehicle anywhere in the state with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher within two hours after driving.
What to Do After an Accident Caused by a Drunk Driver
If you’re injured in an accident that was caused by a drunk driver, call 911 and ask for police and paramedics to come to the scene. It’s of critical importance that the crash be reported and injuries documented immediately. If the other driver leaves the scene, don’t give chase. That’s what you have uninsured motorist insurance for. According to the State Patrols, any driver who is involved in a collision with $1,000 damage to any unit or an injury to any person must complete a motor vehicle injury report unless “a police officer is present and indicates that he/she will submit a collision report…”
Get to a Hospital Right Away
For purposes of tying in your injuries with the drunk driving accident, you’ll need to get to an emergency room or urgent care center right away. The paramedics at the scene can transport you to such a facility where you’ll be treated and cared for. Upon your discharge, follow all written instructions and contact a car accident attorney Washington from our offices right away.
Preserve and protect your rights as soon as you can by contacting our offices after being injured in a car crash that was caused by any drunk or negligent driver. When you retain us, our goal will be to obtain the highest compensation that you deserve.